Organisational sustainability policies and employee green behaviour: The mediating role of work climate perceptions

Norton, Thomas A., Zacher, Hannes, & Ashkanasy, Neal M. (2014) Organisational sustainability policies and employee green behaviour: The mediating role of work climate perceptions. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 38, pp. 49-54.

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Organisations are increasingly introducing sustainability policies to encourage environmentally friendly behaviours. Employees' green work climate perceptions (i.e., how they perceive their organisations' and co-workers' orientations towards environmental sustainability) may constitute psychological mechanisms that link such policies with behaviour. We present findings of a study on relationships among the perceived presence of organisational sustainability policies, green work climate perceptions and employee reports of their green behaviour (EGB). We hypothesised that green work climate perceptions mediate the positive relationship between employees' perceptions of the presence of a sustainability policy and EGB. Results based on data from 168 employees supported our hypotheses. Green work climate perceptions of the organisation and of co-workers differentially mediated the effects of the perceived presence of a sustainability policy on task-related and proactive EGB. These findings extend research on the efficacy of sustainability policies by shedding new light on the psychological mechanisms that link them with EGB.

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ID Code: 92351
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Employee green behaviour, Psychological climate, Organisational sustainability, Policies, Environmental sustainability
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.12.008
ISSN: 0272-4944
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2016 22:55
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2016 05:14

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